Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve here in the U.S.? Then you’ll want to review this vocab list to learn the common terminology that goes with the many NYE traditions. We’ll help you get prepared for everything from watching the ball drop to making a toast at midnight.
You know you want to study English in the U.S., but should you take group or private classes? One offers lots of interaction with other students, potentially from around the world, but the other offers the chance for very tailored study and accelerated language learning. Here’s what to consider when choosing whether group or private English classes are right for you.
Meet a student in the Bridge General English Program here in Denver, Colorado! Alina, from Switzerland, is taking part in a 4-week program to improve her English. We asked her some questions about her experience as a student at Bridge, what she likes about Denver, and if her opinion about the U.S. has changed now that she’s here!
It’s America’s birthday! July 4th is one of the biggest holidays in the USA, and we want you to prepare you for a great weekend. Find out what you can expect and what traditions you can participate in. What should you take if you are invited to a barbecue? Can you set off some fireworks in your yard? We have highlighted six activities that will have you enjoying US culture on this important day!
There is a lot in the news recently about presidential elections in the USA, but how exactly do they work? What is the Electoral College? Where do people vote? How long does the process take? We have written a quick guide to help you understand the electoral system and learn key vocabulary along the way.
When you think about Colorado, you probably think of skiing, mountains, and snow. You might imagine tiny rural towns, tucked away in the wilderness, far from any urban life or excitement. And while all of this does exist in certain areas, Colorado is a large, diverse state with lots to offer. Read about five popular myths about Colorado, debunked.
For those students desiring to improve their mastery of English, I have found that nothing works better than the Word Web. A Word Web is a way to graphically organize facts, ideas and/words and can help you learn and remember new English vocabulary.
Using Word Webs to learn English is an incredibly efficient way to gain new vocabulary and understanding without having to learn the precise definitions to every word (which can, of course, be later gleaned from advanced reading, instruction, etc.).
If you’re planning to study abroad at a U.S. university but have not yet decided which one, Bridge Pathways has the perfect solution for you. Start your studies at our BridgePathways Denver City Center! Enroll in the Academic English Program at our centrally located campus in downtown Denver and you can prepare for university success while adjusting to American life.
The English language can be very fun, rich, and interesting due to our use of idioms. An idiom is a “figurative” expression. The meaning of an idiom and the way in which it is used is different from how the dictionary would define it. The best way to learn these is to read and listen to native speakers. Find out what the idiom, “Every cloud has a silver lining” means.
Have you ever heard an English speaker say a phrase or expression that just doesn’t make any literal sense to you and seems out of place in the conversation? If so, it was probably an idiom, or popular expression. Idioms are great to learn because they are commonly used in everyday language and knowing them will increase your English fluency! This month’s idiomatic expression is “I lost my train of thought.”